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of their jobs after the benghazi terror attack reportedly still on the government payroll. how can that be? [chanting] protect the constitution. >> the liberal "new york times" says last month's election significantly weakened the tea party. is that true? we will have a debate. chanting] >> u.s.a. >> caution, you where to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> i'm greg gutfeld in for bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us. our top story tonight, the last ditch effort to avert the fiscal cliff. president obama met with congressional leaders for several hours at the white house today to try to hammer out a deal before taxes go up on more than 160 million americans. after the meeting, the president presented a new plan to avoid the cliff and said he was modestly optimistic. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over into the house and done in a timely fashion so that we met the december 31st deadline. given how things have been working in this town we have to
mullen and thomas pickering spoke about the report they offered on september 11 attack in benghazi, libya to cut u.s. ambassador christina and three other americans. the report cited systemic failures, leadership and management efficiencies and inadequate security at the conflict facility. three state department officials including eric boswell, assistant secretary of state in diplomatic security have resigned in the wake of the report. next, senators on the foreign relations committee who received the report speak to reporters. how not [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible] >> my understanding is that the standard with which the accountability board looks at people is a very high standard called breach of duty. but there's no question that there were people within the state department that were missed and did not execute in an appropriate way. there is also some cultural issues and i mean, there were no doubt a number of problems. i would just say to that end, i know that secretary clinton was unable to be able to testify in an open setting. i do think it's imper
down the gauntlet. why am i worried it's not a lump of coal. >> a chilly reception on benghazi sending in an icy blast at the state department. is it more than hillary can handle? >> no holiday break for president obama, but words from a president past could offer a new path forward. the lbj connection. >> white house history is my favorite. all that and my spoken word on why another past president had reason for holiday cheer. grab some cocoa. you are in the cycle. >> if you thought the fiscal cliff was a joke, listen to this, john boehner just 45 minutes ago. >> republicans ton to work towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the tests that the president promised the american people a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the president will have a decision to make. he
in libya. we'll tell you when and what lawmakers want to know. >> the security in benghazi was a struggle and remain ad struggle throughout my time there. the situation remained uncertain and reports from some libyans indicated it was getting worse. diplomatic security remained weak. in april there was only one u.s. diplomatic security agent stationed there. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil. potato with bacon. we've got a lotta empty cans. [ male announcer ] hear from our chefs on facebook this friday! [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a challenge. this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. sowhy let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. 20 million men already have. ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects include headache, flushing, upset stom
the benghazi attack. she ended the soap opera with letter withdrawing from her petition for the united states. >> that's the worst? worst is my friend clint eastwood. in the empty chair. >> now wait a minute. >> brought it out -- >> a lot of people liked that. >> it was okay -- i mean it was interesting. >> not good -- >> it blotted out all the film of the great things mitt had done. >> eleanor? >> that's right. okay worst political theater i'm more serious. the senate republicans voting down the u. n. treaty on people with disabilities after senator bob dole made an appearance pleading for passage in his wheelchair. and they just ignore -- they set a low and they ignored him. >> susan? >> i'm going to say again the fiscal cliff because fun the watch but frightening for taxpayers and damaging -- >> ence. if you can cover this up. >> i can guarantee -- >> i agree with -- i agree with you. the fiscal cliff is the worst -- i mean they know what they got to do. they just don't want to do it because it's unpleasant. they know raising taxes and cutting spending but i -- >> i'm going to give you the
that the state department suffered from systemic failures in its response to the threat in benghazi. and it says, insufficient security was present on the ground. the report also looks into the military response to the attack which killed our ambassador and three other americans. defense secretary leon panetta now saying it was clearly a terrorist attack despite early reports blaming it on a protest that got out of hand. >> as always with these kinds of situations there is a mix here but clearly with regards to one of the facilities involved, a direct attack on that facility. i think that there's no question that extremists were involved in those attacks and i think that, you know, we were able to try to respond as best we could at the time. bill: chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge on the story from the beginning. what does the report conclude, catherine? >> reporter: thai, bill, good morning. it is a scathing report. there are 29 recommendations, five of which are classified. all of which have been accepted by the secretary of state hillary clinton. this report concludes that t
and during the deadly attack in benghazi. >> heather: peter doocy in washington, thanks. >> gregg: last of the newtown school shooting victims has been laid to rest. hour earns attended services for three children. eight days after the gunman killed 26 women and children. since then, more than $2.6 million worth of condolences have poured into the official memorial fund. >> heather: gun control debate heating up in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, national rifle association bribing go silence yesterday. critics slamming for suggesting them that armed police officers should be placed in every school in america. rick levanthol has a fair and balanced look at the argument. >> a number of viewers bill clinton made a similar proposal back in april of 2000 one year after the columbine shootings. pop warner football pledged $60 million in a fifth refund of founding for the is cops and schools in program placing hundreds of police officers in hundreds of public school when the assault weapon ban was in place 12 years ago. it hasn't stopped critics slamming the nra calling the group'
rice has been caught up in this drama over the benghazi conflict and the deaths of americans in the assault on the u.s. consulate there. while susan rice was not responsible for security of the consulate, she did go on sunday shows and talk about the u.s. response there and she has been accused of deliberately mischaracterizing what happened. all sides -- or the white house has adamantly insisted and she has insisted that she in no way deliberately mischaracterized what happened. she was reading from unclassified talking points and nonetheless this has been caught up in a back and forth and, wolf, if i may, i'm going to read from part of her statement, her letter to the president and what she wrote in part, i am now convinced that the confirmation process will be lengthy, disruptive, and costly to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. that tradeoff is simply not worth it to our country. the secretary of state may never be politicized. she says, i look forward to building on progress in your second term which seems to leave the door open to the po
.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning signs that there was an imminent attack coming. there wasn't a specific threat, but a lot of attacks on ot
congress will grill a stop state department aid about about the benghazi terror attack. clinton has fell and has a conclusion a -- concussion and is unable to testify. >> they will be on capitol hill about this scathing new report that may cost 4 department officials their job. all four are on administrative leave. two big headlines from this report, though. first despite initial claims from the administration there were no protests outside of the u.s. consulate in benghazi that led to the attack there back in september that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and others. the state department should have done more to prevent the attack. >> the security posture at the special mission compound was inadequate for the threaten viern. in benghazi. grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place that night. >>> now two of the four state department officials who have either resigned or are on leave eric boswell the assistant secretary of state and char leem lamb who was responsible for embassy security specifically. >> clearly we were lied to from the very beginning, we were totally
. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he wants those recommends from him no later than january. the president said this time washington won't just t
of the answers to the benghazi terror attacks? we'll cover a lot of ground when we sit down with two leading senators: democrat dianne feinstein and republican lindsay graham. also th 2012 in the rearview mirror we look ahead to 2013. our sunday panel weighs in on what we'll be talking about in the coming year. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and hello, again from fox news in washington. well, it turns out the fiscal cliff is going to be a cliff-hanger. with less than two days until the new year, senate leaders are still trying to work out a deal, to avoid tax increases on almost every american. but, any compromise will do close to nothing about our debt problem. joining us now, to discuss what kind of deal they will and won't vote for, are two key senators, democrat dianne feinstein and republican lindsey graham. senators, welcome back to fox news sunday. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> chris: senator graham, a couple of days ago you said you thought we were going to go over the fiscal cliff and now we are in the midst of a lot of last-ditch bargaining between the senate
will talk about the benghazi report, what it means for the administration. josh rogin who is following the story at "foreign-policy" magazine is at the table. >> if you work for them, you would get a material, sometimes generous, sometimes overbearing, sometimes almost coal balls -- cruel boss. he did not know how to apologize, which men of his age and class -- they are not going to apologize to a young private secretary, a typist. he had a way of sort of turning the tables and his version of the apology would say, actually, i am a very kind man and you are doing a very good job today. the issue is never settles. he always had to get the last word in. one night going through whitehall, a gentleman bomb fell nearby. he should not been out at all. and his bodyguard inspector thompson pushed him in a doorway. and a couple of thompson's men were slightly wounded. churchill did not like to be touched. and he said, thompson, don't do that. thompson said, sir, you shouldn't be out here. this is dangerous. churchill said i am only doing this because i know live -- you love to. >> sunday, exten
country areas, you are doing it at your own risk. martha: this fox news alert. the benghazi attack fallout. right now on capitol hill senators are grilling top state department officials following a blistering report that faulted management primarily at the state department for inadequate security at our american consulate and september the 11th. at least one state department staffer has been shown the door. a lot of folks are asking if that is token firing than something with much more far receiving issues. three others we're told could soon follow in terms of heads that may roll at the state department. bring in chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge live at capitol hill this morning. catherine, what are we expecting in this hearing today? >> reporter: good morning, martha and thank you. really a key piece not addressed in this report is the policy piece, the administration's piece. why was it the obama administration favored light security footprint in benghazi when it was clearly in conflict with the intelligence picture on the ground? there were 20 documented threats or i
over her comments on the benghazi attack. peter doocy is following this story from washington and there are so many angles to this one. good morning, peter. >> there are. ambassador susan rice was never actually nominated for the job of secretary of state but based on statements president obama made in public hefz believed to be a frontrunner for his nomination. she thinks a potential confirmation process would have been lengthy and disruptive so she says she is out. >> i withdrew my name because i think it's the right thing for the country. i think it's the right thing for the president and putting those things together that makes it the right thing for me and my family. >> president obama said while i deeply regret the unfair attacks on susan rice in recent weeks the position demonstrates strength of her character and admirable commitment to rise above the politics at the moment to put our national interests fist. the american people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country. republican senator lindsay graham says he respects
in benghazi, libya. sending this to the state department before the september 11, attack. we will discuss this with senator bob corker when he joins us here in "america's newsroom." bill: we are just getting started. breaking news on a former marine being held at a mexican prison. one serene, always a marine. we have an update on that next. martha: taxpayers in limbo as washington continues to battle over the fiscal cliff. some republicans have even rejected a backup plan for speaker john boehner. what happens now? bill: is a good question. for the first time since the newtown, connecticut, tragedy, the nra publicly speaks out. we are 90 minutes away from a moment of silence in newtown, connecticut. you will see that here. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. adt can help you turn on a few lights. acce
of 2013, we're moving on to benghazi-gate, and where the republicans are escapeboating susan rice. the utah ambassador who made the disastrous appearances on the sunday talk circuit. then for comic relief, i go gangdom, and all of it after this. >> in 2004, george w. bush runs 44% of the latino vote. this year mitt romney got a measly 28%. if he had gotten even 35% he would have won the pop already vote, mitt romney, and maybe the presidential election. so for the first time it can be said conclusively, but probably not the last time, the latino vote was decisive in this election. bearing that in mind here is craig with the senior latino senator, bob menendez, democrat of new jersey. >> i think what was incredibly encouraging was to see a significant increase in latino turnout. >> senator men anyone des, -- menendez when you learned the latino vote was the decides factor in the leaks, what was your reaction? >> a coming of aim. -- coming of age, this community has grown so in the country. served in the armed forces of the united states over many, many wores, contributed economical
by changing policies. >> it could be the biggest political story of 2013, we're moving on to benghazi-gate, and where the republicans are escapeboating susan rice. the utah ambassador who made the disastrous appearances on the sunday talk circuit. then for comic relief, i go gangdom, and all of it after this. [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- you can stay in and share something... or you can get out there and actually share something. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. uh... um... hm... umm... uh... oh ! the windows phone 8x by htc on verizon. it features easy to navigate live tiles that are simple to customize. just pin what matters most right to your ho
and furious and benghazi. you political people are nothing but hacks. a friend told me that what makes up the lie of the mainstream omit and what they moit not submit. i went to the vietnam war. his name is not on that wall. it was not a long time ago. it affects every veteran. you sit there and talk for those people. you're nothing but a propaganda -- guest: i am the guy who broke a lot of the benghazi stories. many outlets have talked about my stories. i consider it to be a very important story been the. i did more reporting and you can look up my stuff online. i was not trying to gloss over the way that veterans felt about john kerry. i was about tryinprovide a trying to provide perspective of his chances in getting through. host: how does foreign policy look going forward? guest: i still think it is going to be a big issue. the report is from the state department and does not look at who it access. there is a question that is lingering -- was this al qaeda? that was not an attack like that then there was the attac. -- like that. we have not thought for a long time -- the u.s. intellig
happened in benghazi, libya, what are the questions that pop up to you? >> well, listen, bill. i do all my research with men and women who are active in the diplomatic community, in the intelligence community and if i try to turn this story in to my editor. i would be thrown out of her office. there are too many holes in this story and it starts right with of all the days for an american to be traveling in an islamic country why was chris stevens in benghazi of all places on 9/11? that's where the story starts and it doesn't make sense. this is a guy who, by all accounts is, a very very bright man. yet, he chooses to go to benghazi on 9/11. that same day he sends the state department a cable complaining about the level of security he is not getting over there? why was he in benghazi? that's a really important question we're not getting here. >> bill: all right. so you start with the motivation of the ambassador to travel to a dangerous area on 9/11, a provocative day and we haven't had an answer to that question. what other questions have troubled you about this situation? >> well, why doe
confirmed would have offered the perfect opportunity to open up this whole benghazi thing, where no answers have yet been given. >> you were on television with her. >> i was, i was. >> on that fateful morning. >> i was on the candy crowley show when she appeared, right here in this building. watched it, had my little pad in front of me. when she said it -- honestly, when she said it, i uttered an expression that i can't say on television. it starts with a b. bull -- >> you didn't believe it? >> i didn't believe it because here you had an attack with rocket-propelled hand grenades, mortars, very well executed, very well prepared. maybe i was a little more sensitive to it because it was on the anniversary of september 11th, i had just come from a dinner with all the people that survived september 11th with me. i said is this woman out of her mind? what is she talking about, a spontaneous attack? did somebody give her that? and this idea that she just read the notes. don't you exercise some intelligence about this? >> in an op-ed piece in the "washington post" she says these unclassified point
and the meaning of christmas. with pastor rick warren. >>> plus, a change at the state department. as the benghazi report is finally released. we'll ask our sunday panel about the nomination of john kerry to replace hillary clinton. and, where the investigation of a terror attack that killed four americans goes now. and, our power player of the week, continues in holiday tradition, to show respect for veterans. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and hello, again from fox news in washington. at christmas, people who arnauty get coal in their stock and if the white house and congress don't make a deal in the next nine days to avoid the fiscal cliff we ring in the new year with big tax increases and spending cuts. here to talk about what is going to happen or two leading senators. john barrasso, chairman of the republican policy committee. and, from new york, democrat kent conrad, chairman of the senate budget committee. senators, welcome back to fox news sunday. >> thanks for having me. >> chris: before heading to hawaii for christmas the president laid out a new, stripped-down plan t
and what it makes for the investigation of the attack on benghazi. >> dave: some are hearing that democrats want to use more tax dollars to reduce spending. we'll have the details ahead. >> we are live in time square. they are setting up the barricade and barriers out there. more on that . maria molina is down there am she is tiny amongst the sky scrapers. "fox and friends" begins right now. ♪ ♪ "fox and friends". ♪ it is nice and calm and in a few hours it will be bonkers. >> you have been down on the crazy evening. what time do they get down there? >> they start in the afternoon. they have everything in the gates carrolls -- carols and you can't go anywhere . >> adult diapers. >> pretty much. we talked about it earlier. >> it is new year's eve . if you are partying, time squares just at home we have your cure for the hang over and what you should drink and what you should not drink. >> a whole table. >> peter: i went and bought myself aspargus . what it can do to prevent a hang over. >> first, it is it the final day of the year. we can't really celebrate yet the way we would like to
in the spotlight the state department's failures during the benghazi attack and senator john kerry, the man who could soon become the head of that department and then our big question, 12 days to cliff-mas. do you have faith in a deal or will the fiscal cliff steal christmas? join me on facebook. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> developing now, just in time for the christmas holiday and the travel crunch, a major winter storm snarling flights in the midwest. chicago's o'hare airport says arriving flights are delayed more than two hours. the delays will likely cause ripple effects across the country, but most major airlines are enacting flexible rebooking policies like waiving those extra fees for people scheduled to fly directly into the storm's path, that is. and this massive system is affecting more than half of the country. in the north people are preparing for up to a foot of snow one day before the official start of winter, severe storms moving through alabama, florida
a fight over benghazi. the big question is, did she fall on her sword or did the white house hand her one. clearly she was thrown under the bus. >> gretchen: this is what she wrote on september 16th when secretary of state was unavailable after a grueling week, the white house asked me to appear on five sunday talk shows. i relied on fully cleared unclassified points provided by the intelligence committee. the unclassified points were consistent with the classified assessments, i received. first of all was hillary clinton really not available or did she say she didn't want to go tell something that was not the truth. as katherine heritage, un ambassador rice had access to the pdp. presidential daily briefing before she went out on the talk show and talked about the fact that it was probably a terrorist attack. >> brian: charles krauthammer said now that rice is out and the president decided not to fight the fight here. it mines the end of pursuing the truth with the benghazi attack. >> clearly had she been nominated the benghazi scandal would be on the front page. i think it will die now
attack in benghazi, libya. the topic playing in discussions during capitol hill during a series of meters and susan rice leading up to her possible nomination to be secretary of state. catherine herridge is reporting from washington. >> including the benghazi consulate a report in 2009 recommended physical barriers like this one. at a closed hearing before the senate committee, witnesses testified that those changes were never made in benghazi. >> it was really disconcerting and upsetting to see how easily the terrorists broke through the gates and basically just walked in. >> the committee's ranking republican also questions the striking similarities between the bombings in east africa which killed 12 americans. in 1998 susan rice was 33 years old. >> the ambassador to kenya sent repeated messages to the state department requesting a stronger facility because of the increased threat. those requests as in the case of benghazi were turned down by the state department. >> reporter: some analysts say it's beyond the benghazi controversy. as part of clinton administration, they turned down fr
on the benghazi terror attack. many shy must testify before senator john kerry will succeed her. >> 9 people killed two others injured when a bus slid off a highway and crashed into a ravine. it happened in goern. the bus heading from las vegas to canada driving through the money tan pass known for dangerous conditions. the driver lost control crashed through a guardrail and plummeted 200 feet down the slope. several people were thrown from the bus. crews had to use ropes to rescue people from the rev convenient. the crash is being investigated. >>> a woman accused of pushing a man to his death in front of a subway train will undergo a psychiatric investigation. she was laughing so much during arraignment the judge told her the lawyer to make her stop. she thought the man was a muslim and wanted revenge for september 11th. >> a drunk driver slammed into a cop car. he was speeding ran a red light t boning the cruiser. it took 45 minutes to pry the officer out of the car. he's expected to be okay the sus speblth w -- suspect was arrested for drunk driving. >>> around the country people getting
is talking. another big talker down on capitol hill the september 11th attack on consulate in benghazi. >> we know there was intelligence leading up to the attacks that warned of security risks. diane fine stein is one of the chairs on congress's intelligence committee has been leading the investigation as to what went wrong with libya. now she says it is knotted the intelligence that should be blamed but instead the decision makers. >>> i have reviewed all of the threat warnings by the intelligence community. there were multiple threat warnings well over 200. i have read the priority warnings. i believe the ingenls is good. you can't blame the intelligence. they didn't make the right decision. >> the security warning is what congressman mike rogers is also talking about this morning. there was gross negligence in protecting benghazi. >> the more we know about this, i think diane said it well, the intelligence was good. the threat stream was very clear leading up to that 9-11 event and what happened even two-days later we had another event killed four people tunisians protecting the u.s. emba
. >>> this developing now from egypt. it has to do with the investigation into the attack on our consulate in benghazi that left four americans dead including our ambassador there. new word of an arrest. authorities containing this man the ringleader of an egyptian terrorist group. they are saying he took part in the september 11th attack. he was killed along with shawn smith, glen daughterty and tyrone woods. this arrest with wider implications. they believe this suspect was trying to launch a new wing of al qaeda. molly henneberg live from washington. what do we know about the suspect. >> u.s. officials have not had a chance to interrogate him yet. they have been tracking this guy for months. they intensified following the group attack in libya. akhmad about 45 years old is a former egyptian jihad member. he was released from prison in march 2011 during the arab string. he is the leader of the jamal met work and has been setting up training camps with financial help from al qaeda and yemen. he was trying to set up al qaeda in egypt. it could be the sign of muslim led brotherhood in egypt maybe willi
'll be talking about the benghazi report and about that jailed marine. former marine who is down in mexico. should the president get involved to bring him home? >> brian: i think i know what he'll say. we're going to toss to steve now. >> steve: thank you very much. and talk about man's best friend, he saved a puppy from afghanistan and now the dog is returning the favor. oh, man. look at that, put her there. >> brian: "fox & friends" starts now. >> steve: you feel better? >> brian: much better. >> steve: welcome aboard. today is the 20th day of december. it's 12-20. tomorrow is 12-21-12, which as you know, the mayans predicted the world would end. >> gretchen: are we talking about that again? >> steve: it's in the headlines. >> gretchen: i want to be optimistic, okay? >> steve: according to harris polling, 20% of americans believe that it's true. 20% of americans believe that tomorrow is -- >> gretchen: what's going to happen? >> steve: 20% of americans. >> gretchen: i believe in giving away money, but what's going to happen to us tomorrow? >> mayans say it's the end of time. what's inter
gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in
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that we haven't seen or heard from her in two weeks. is this because of her upcoming benghazi testimony? not yet scheduled or is it something else? what's the story here? is she really sick or about avoiding ben gaz write? >> i'm not going to question her health. she has been sick for two weeks. missed the hearing on benghazi. view lot of republicans at capitol hill pressuring her. once she is well to come and testify about what happened in libya. >> is she one to back down from a situation like that? i don't think so. >> i doubt it. she sunday so much pressure that republicans now are even talking about postponing john kerry's nomination process for secretary of state until clinton testifies. this is going to be a real issue next month when congress is back. >> you could understand why she would be hesitant considering what happened with the previous person who was trying to be secretary of state. right? i mean, this is -- this is a minefield she walking into. >> what makes had situation so much -- there's been an independent report about what happened in benghazi. according to the rep
the incredible pictures. it's all "happening now." jon: a scathing new report on the benghazi terror attacks that left four americans including our ambassador dead. good morning, i'm jon scott. jenna: good morning, everybody, i'm jenna lee. an independent panel authored this report that slammed the state deet and blaming management and leadership there for quote, systemic failures and gross security lapses. however the panel recommends at this time no disciplinary action. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live on capitol hill with more on this. catherine, in the last hour we have some brand new reaction to this report. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: that's right, jenna. first of all the report concludes there was no protest prior to the attack. that al qaeda is not dead. it has metastasized. that its followers have a new home in eastern libya. and that the benghazi on 9/11 was a significant defeat for the united states. it killed 4:00 americans including our ambassador. it also shuttered our diplomatic security presence in eastern lib. >> as well as a siza
leaders demanding answers why the consulate in benghazi was so vulnerable on september 11th. that is when terrorists attacked the compound and filled four americans including ambassador chris stevens. catherine herridge with the very latest from the capitol hill. what is the headlines this morning, catherine? >> reporter: thank you, jon and good morning. two themes really many donated at this morning's hearing. first of all we had 18 independent reviews before called accountability review boards. senators questioned whether any of them have been fully implement and and whether this one about benghazi would be any different. second of all the witnesses were pressed on a number of very specific warnings that went from libya up to the state department here in washington that this consulate could notwithstand a coordinated attack from terrorists. fox news was first to report on a emergency meeting in benghazi in august which people on the ground essentially predicted the way would die a month later. one senator said this morning that despite these warnings no action was taken. >> you were awa
jess atherly who just joined the force last year. most detailed report on the benghazi terror attack could be released today. they will deliver the assessment to the state department. the state department will make recommendations on improving security. secretary of state hillary clinton is not testifying as plant after fainting and suffering a concution . john kerry is apparent lein for the post. president obama will nominate septemberor john kerry as next secretary of state. susan rice, the un ambassador being considered but dropped out of the running after being critized after blaming the benghazi attack on a spontanous attack. a soldier touches down to see his new born baby girl enter into the world. sergeant karick had been away in stan stan. >> it was special and i can't explain it the timing was amazing and just being able to come home. >> i was thought daddy here's macy. they ran on to him and done bother. >> gretchen: the red cross arranged the flight. his daughter nine pound three ounces and joining twos and a brother. it is a great way to end the first flock when you see t
again with less than two weeks to go. >> and getting to the bottom of the benghazi fiasco. hearings set to start in a matter of hours from now. good morning you to. sorry about the singing this morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. she's been singing all morning. we're going to begin with this storm. the cause behind all the singing. it is a big one. it is pounding the nation's midsection and threatening to derail holiday travel plans for millions of americans. what bad timing. a blizzard warning in effect for half a dozen states. colorado has already been clobbered at 156 mile stretch of interstate 70 had to be shut down in both directions yesterday. look at that. the storm is also hitting iowa hard overnight packing wind gusts over 50 miles an hour. the wind part of the real problem here. some places could see a foot of snow or more. emergency management officials as far north as wisconsin offering this advice to early christmas travelers. >> i think the first thing you should think about is changing your plans for thursday. >> you know, a lot of people get
with a stomach virus and missed her date to testify on what she knew about the benghazi terrorist attack senators refusing to confirm john kerry until she testifies . could the answer to adam's deadly rampage be found in his dna? the gunman's dna will be looked at for abnormality and mutigs that indicate violence. it is the first of its kind study. some concerns are raised over whether a stigma could be found in people with certain characteristicings. you wake up to a night out and a scene with the hang over. >> it is a tiger in the bathroom. >> are you okay, buddy? >> no, i am in so much pain right now. oh, my god. >> the tiger is gone. >> julia: that was eric boling's house last weekend. this could be prevented with asparagus if you are headed out. it contains certain aminnow acids and relieving the unpleasant hang over attacks. anyway, it is hard for parents to let go when their kids go off to the college. one girl got a judge involved. aubery ireland took out a restraining order with her parents. the pair constantly went to university of cincinnati to check up and accused her of doing drugs a
of the state department has issued a report on the events that took place in benghazi, september 11 of this year. i think it is excellent. there are other committees in congress that have begun other investigations and i think that each of these will contribute to our understanding of what happened in benghazi and help to make sure that nothing like it happens again. under the senate rules, our committee has a special responsibility for oversight. as i said, for the interaction of different agencies of government, it is through that lens that after the tragic events of benghazi on such a member leventhal, the senator and i began our investigation. obviously we were time limited by the end of this year and end of this congress, the end of my service here. i am grateful not only to the senator for once again the extraordinary by partisanship we have had, but also our staffs who have worked together for well. they really work through the holiday when i must ask for my benghazi team to come down to our first floor office. the numbers were smaller than they had been earlier, but they had
deficiencies, that is quote. what the report said they find on benghazi. who is the senior level and will they be held accountable? >> that is why secretary of state hillary clinton must appear before our foreign affairs committee and she has promised to do so before january 15th, we're going to hold her to her word. we know she will be appearing there. it's the first step of the whole state department and obama administration accountable after this was a terrorist attack that resulted in a murder of four brave americans. we talk a lot about ambassador stevens, don't forget smith, woods and doherty, fine americans. we have to ask ourselves, why didn't the state department not heed the intelligence reports, if you read them they are so clear in telegraphing in graphic terms this consulate is surrounded by extremist elements and they would be overrun in a minute. also, why did the state department not heed repeated requests by the consulate in benghazi for security. this is an important day in american history. 9/11 how could we not properly protect the embassy, our consulate there
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